The lockout shortened 2012-13 NHL season was hopeful for perennial non-playoff team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. A strong second half push almost landed the CBJ in the postseason for what would’ve been the franchise’s second playoff appearance since entering the league at the beginning of the 2000-01 season. Unfortunately, the Jackets fell short, missing out on a spot in the 2013 Stanley Cup tournament via tie-breaker to the Minnesota Wild.
While last season was a disappointment in the end, it featured some bright spots, none brighter than the play of first year Blue Jacket, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The Russian born netminder was unexpectedly terrific for his new club, posting a .932 save percentage, 2.00 goals against average, and 21 wins, earning him the illustrious Vezina trophy always awarded to the NHL’s top goalie at the end of every season.
Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets have struggled through the early part of this season. And now, with more than a quarter of the campaign in the history books – and the Jackets sitting 6 points out of a playoff spot – last year’s Vezina winner has been sidelined for at least four weeks with a groin strain.